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Brief 7 Prescription opioid misuse and use disorders: Percentage of reported past-year misuse of prescription opioids among youth ages 12–17 by sex and race and Hispanic origin, 2015 and 2016

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Characteristic 2015 2016
Total 3.9 3.5
Male 3.6 3.3
Female 4.2 3.8
Race and Hispanic origin
White, non-Hispanic 3.9 3.3
Black, non-Hispanic 4.1 4.2
Hispanic 4.1 3.6
NOTE: The National Survey on Drug Use and Health defined misuse of prescription opioids as "in any way that a doctor did not direct you to use them, including (1) use without a prescription of your own; (2) use in greater amounts, more often, or longer than you were told to take them; or (3) use in any other way a doctor did not direct you to use them."
SOURCE: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health.